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.c. elections strategy firm. well, including former secretary of state ken blackwell of ohio, the same ken blackwell who manipulated voting locations of machines in 2004 to create long lines in democratic areas. ohio delivered the presidency for george w. bush. how we remember. this might be why reince priebus, reelected as the rnc chair, is so optimistic about the electoral future for the republicans. >> no state is that reliably a blue state. but it's up to all of us to decide if we're willing to fight for these states. it takes work. it's not going to happen overnight. but from what i've seen in wisconsin, we can make it happen. in two years, we all want to hear the words and the headlines republicans everywhere. >> well, this is the electoral map from the 2012 election. president obama won by four points in a large margin in the electoral college. this is what happens under the republicans' everywhere strategy. president obama still wins by four points, but loses the presidency in an electoral landslide. as long as this plan is out there, republicans will continue to downplay it. >> i
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. then let's go to ohio, where former secretary of state ken blackwell created a shortage of voting machines in democratic areas to help deliver ohio for bush in 2004. then something interesting really happened. these dirty tricks stopped working. >> voter i.d., which is going to allow governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania, done. [ applause ] >> well, voter i.d. did not deliver pennsylvania or any other state for mitt romney. but the intention was to make it harder for democratic voters to cast a ballot. it fell short. but there was some real voter fraud going on last year. >> did you vote for romney or obama? >> wait, i thought you were registering voters a minute ago. >> i am. but -- >> and who are you registering? all voters? >> well, i'm actually trying to register people for a particular party. >> uh-huh. >> because we're out here in support of romney, actually. >> and who's paying you for this? >> oh, the -- let me see. we're working for the county clerk's office. >> republicans were forced to break ties with a voter registration firm because the group was breaking the law.
Jan 27, 2013 9:00am PST
of state ken blackwell who is a senior fellow. start with you, mr. blarks what does this sound like to you, a good start to doing this reassessment some of the things we are hearing from paul ryan. >> we ought to understand that we don't have one foot in the grave as a party. we had 30 governors out of 50. we have republican control of both houses of the legislature in 25 states. we are a party in full blossom at the state level. the issue for us is how do we start to collect a message at the national level that is attractive to blocks of voters we are using in too great of a number in national elections. yes, we have to start with the old jack kemp assumption. people don't care how much you know until they know about how much you care. if we can take our message of growth and opportunity and individual freedom, we can, in fact, pin a national message that relates to more and more people. >> let me bring in governor rendell. let me let you respond to his -- what is in his estimation a full blossom, if i wrote that down correctly. full blos of the republican party in the state. >> he is rig